Nov 13, 2017, Chalkbeat New York: In a first, New York officials reject 2 proposed charter schools, but sign off on 5 for New York City https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/11/13/in-a-first-new-york-officials-reject-2-proposed-charter-schools-but-sign-off-on-5-for-new-york-city/ New York’s top education policymakers voted Monday to approve five new charter schools in New York City – but, for the first time, rejected two proposed charters. … Four of the approved schools will be based in the Bronx, and one in Staten Island. (Technically, Monday’s vote is preliminary and the board must finalize its decision at Tuesday’s full-board meeting.) A new charter high school on Staten Island plans to enroll a significant number of students with disabilities — an area of great need in a borough where a quarter of students have some disability. Students will have the opportunity to graduate with as many as 60 college credits through a partnership with St. John’s University. The Bronx charters include a new elementary school that will serve high-functioning students on the autism spectrum, an all-boys middle school inspired by an Obama-era program aimed at uplifting young men of color, and a high school for students who have fallen behind academically.